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Gimpy Hoosier keys 'huge win'

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Victor Oladipo shook off a sprained left ankle with a spectacular performance to lift top-ranked Indiana to a 72-68 win over No. 4 Michigan State on Tuesday night.

Oladipo's go-ahead putback, dunk and free throws in the final minute gave him 19 points to go with nine rebounds and five steals. Not bad for a guy who didn't play after halftime three days earlier because of the injury.

Hoosiers coach Tom Crean insisted that the junior shooting guard "wasn't even close" to 100 percent healthy.

"There's no doubt his foot hurt," Crean said. "That mind was right, and that was the biggest thing."

Indiana (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie with four games left in the regular season and moved a step closer toward earning top seeding next month in the NCAA Tournament.

"It was a huge win for us," Oladipo said. "We've come a long way."

The Hoosiers had lost 17 straight since 1991 on the road against the Spartans.

"Most of those guys weren't alive," Crean said. "It didn't affect them."

Michigan State (22-5, 11-3) blew opportunities at the line.

Trailing by three with 3.7 seconds left, Harris was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He missed the first, setting off sighs in the sold-out arena, and after making the second deliberately missed the third. Oladipo got the rebound and hit two free throws to seal it.

"We were right there," the Spartans' Gary Harris said somberly. "And, we could've won."

'Canes hang on

CORAL GABLES — Reggie Johnson made a tiebreaking layup with 5.7 seconds left, and No. 2 Miami overcame another ragged offensive performance to beat Virginia 54-50.

Durand Scott added two clinching free throws with 4 seconds left for the Hurricanes (22-3, 13-0 ACC), who won their 14th straight game two nights after rallying at Clemson 45-43.

Virginia's Evan Nolte tied the score at 50 by sinking a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left.

After a timeout, Miami's Shane Larkin spotted Johnson open under the basket, and the senior center made a reverse layup. Paul Jesperson's inbounds pass was intercepted, then Scott was fouled and hit both free throws.

NO. 15 BUTLER 68, DUQUESNE 49: Rotnei Clarke scored 16 and Khyle Marshall 14 for the host Bulldogs (22-5, 9-3 Atlantic 10), who have won five of six.

NO. 17 MARQUETTE 67, SETON HALL 46: Vander Blue scored 19 for the visiting Golden Eagles (19-6, 10-3), who used a 43-24 rebounding advantage to hold on to first place in the Big East.

SAINT LOUIS 76, NO. 24 VCU 62: Jordair Jett scored all of his 16 in the second half as the host Billikens passed the Bulldogs (21-6, 9-3 Atlantic 10) for first place.

COACH CONTRITE: California coach Mike Montgomery said that there was no excuse for him shoving star guard Allen Crabbe during Sunday's game and that the action was completely out of character for him.

RECORD TURNOUT: The final Big East regular-season game in the Carrier Dome between No. 11 Georgetown and No. 8 Syracuse is a sellout and will attract the largest crowd in the dome's history. The total ticket count for Saturday's matchup is 35,012.

GAME RESCHEDULED: The Iowa-Nebraska game set for Thursday was moved to 1 p.m. Saturday in Lincoln because of an expected winter storm.

Women

NO. 18 DELAWARE 69, GEO. MASON 55: Elena Delle Donne scored 18 of her 31 in the first half and added nine rebounds to lead the visiting Blue Hens (23-3, 14-0 CAA) to their 18th straight win.

NO. 21 SYRACUSE 58, RUTGERS 45: Kayla Alexander and Elashier Hall converted three-point plays in a second-half spurt, and the host Orange (22-3, 10-2 Big East) denied Scarlet Knights coach C. Vivian Stringer her 900th win.

NO. 5 DUKE: Star point guard Chelsea Gray will miss the rest of the season with a dislocated right kneecap.

Gimpy Hoosier keys 'huge win' 02/19/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:21am]
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